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The chairman of the Law Society's Compliance and Supervision Committee has resigned his chair and council seat following the suspension of Office forthe Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) boss Peter Ross.Sources say Howard Hardy was "disgusted" at the "witch-hunt" of Ross andhis team and felt compelled to stand down both from the committee, whichoversees the work of the OSS, and the council.Ross was suspended last week on full pay from his u74,000-a-year postpending investigation into why letters - warning complainants that they mayhave to wait a year before their complaints are dealt with - were sent outwithout society approval.The Law Society's secretary-general Jane Betts has taken over managementof the OSS, which still has a backlog of 25,000 complaints. Hardy wasunavailable for comment but one source says: "Whether Ross's suspension wasjustified is another issue, but I think Howard, being a loyal councilmember who chaired this committee, felt he should stand by Ross."Council member Tony Bogan claims Hardy's resignation will send "a shockwave through the society".He says: "Here is an elected member who gives his time freely and the factthat he felt it necessary to resign shows there is something radicallywrong within the system."Law Society president Robert Sayer says: "I regretfully confirm thatHoward has resigned from the council and the compliance and supervisioncommittee. I have invited him to meet me to discuss this issue and thatinvitation remains open.
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